Tagged: british lit

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as a dashing figure in 1840.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Biography

The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Birth and parents Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), an English poet and philosopher, was born on the 21st of October 1772, at his father’s vicarage of Ottery St Mary’s, Devonshire....

Charles Lamb Biography

Charles Lamb, a British author and critic, is especially remembered for his Essays of Elia and Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister Mary.

Oscar Wilde Biography

Oscar Wilde Biography

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted English writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic. He had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well as deadly serious (De Profundis).

Engraving of George Herbert, poet.

George Herbert Biography

George Herbert (1593–1633) wrote some of the most beautiful devotional poetry in the English language. Learn more about this poet’s life and work.

Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan

Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan

The Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan Matrimony and Finances: Women’s Options, Marriage Settlements, and Family Obligations Cost of Living: Travel and Clothing Earning Money: Property, Military, Law, and Church Work...

Jane Austen Biography

This brief Jane Austen biography by David Cody is likely to whet your appetite for learning more about Jane Austen and her works. 

Una and the Lion from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene- {{PD-US}} – published in the US before 1923 and public domain in the US.

Spenser Timeline

What happened during Faerie Queene author Edmund Spenser’s life? This Spenser timeline covers the years from Spenser’s birth in 1552 to his death in 1599.

Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser Biography

The Life of Edmund Spenser Author of The Faerie Queene Spenser biography Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor of English, South Carolina College Birth and early years Edmund Spenser was born in London near the...

T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were friends who influenced each other's works.

T. S. Eliot Biography

This biography of T.S. Eliot comes from the Yale Modernism Lab, where you’ll find a wealth of resources about modernist writers in the years 1914-1926. You can view their original works and find out...

Scholar and writer C.S. Lewis, as photographed by Walter Stoneman in 1955.

C. S. Lewis Biography

British writer and scholar C.S Lewis (1898–1963) is the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, Mere Christianity, and many scholarly works.

Orwell hard at work in the winter of 1945

George Orwell Timeline by Steven Kreis

George Orwell, 1903-1950 From The History Guide by Dr. Steven Kreis | Resources | Chronology | Select Bibliography | Resources George Orwell (The Chestnut Tree Cafe) George Orwell George Orwell (O. Dag) George Orwell (Petri Liukkonen)...

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson Biography By Richard Dury, from the RLS Website Life and Publications Summary Robert Lewis (later: “Louis”) Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His father Thomas belonged to...

The Brontë sisters portrait by Bromwell Brontë

Brontë Resources Index

The Brontë sisters read widely, wrote passionately, and created enduring works drawn from their surroundings and imagination. Explore their writings and their world through the resources below. Charlotte Brontë Emily Brontë Brontë Sisters Context...

Jonathan Swift Biography

Jonathan Swift Biography

This Swift biography paints a vivid portrait of the life and works of Jonathan Swift, an early British novelist. Introduction to Literature, Module 1.9.

Everyone wanted to meet Lord Byron after the publication of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," which made him a celebrity.

Lord Byron Biography

Overview of Byron’s life Parents and birth Raised by his mother First love Pigots and poetry Out on his own Criticism and triumph House of Lords Travels across Europe Return to England “Childe Harold”...

Charlotte Brontë Biography

Charlotte Brontë Biography

The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell “Hand in hand they used to make their way to the glorious moors, which in after days they loved so passionately.” The Children Who Never Played...

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biography (1911)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biography Family history and upbringing Meeting other poets Health troubles Praise and correspondence Browning’s courtship A secret wedding Published poetry Politics and posterity “God took her” Overview of married life and...

Robert Browning Biography (1911)

Robert Browning Biography (1911)

Robert Browning Biography Family background Early career & personality First major poems (Paracelsus and Sordello) Dramatic works Expanding poetic repertoire Marriage Browning’s masterpiece: The Ring and the Book Growing fame Later writings Beliefs (religious...

Sir George Frampton sculpted Geoffrey Chaucer, the author of the Canterbury tales.

Chaucer Study Questions by Dr. Wheeler

Here is an index to the Chaucer study questions by Dr. L. Kip Wheeler which are referenced in British Literature (EIL4). Dr. Wheeler is an English professor at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. Study Questions...

Dr. Drake’s Chaucer Study Questions

Geoffery Chaucer Study Questions by Dr. Alfred J. Drake “General Prologue” to Canterbury Tales 1. What is the basic purpose of the “General Prologue?” 2. Study lines 1-18. What seem to be the motives...

Emily Brontë: A Biographical Sketch

Emily Brontë: A Biographical Sketch

Emily Jane Brontë 1818-1848 A Biographical Sketch by Sara Selby Emily Jane Brontë’s life, though short and tragic, had an overwhelming influence on her work. Marked by violent emotional upheavals, her childhood on the...

The wild and beautiful Haworth landscape was treasured by the Brontë sisters.

Jane Eyre’s Three Paintings

Jane Eyre’s Three Paintings: Biblical Warnings & Greek Legends By Peter Bolt, English Department, North East Worchester College [England] Charlotte Brontë’s ability to use her encyclopaedic knowledge of the Bible first appears in her...